Interview with Deborah Eikle
1. What is your Afterglow 2018 project called? Could you describe it? What is its inspiration?
The project is called Story Weaver. It’s about a storyteller creating and sharing magical stories for all ages; taking the listener into the world of imagination and adventure. The stories told may entertain, inspire, challenge and/or give sense of hope that we can build a better world together.
My inspiration is my imagination and a strong desire to touch the listener in a way that may leave them with a smile, touch the heart or encourage them to be true to themselves.
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, and your creativity.
I am discovering the joy of whom I am at 65. I live in a small community, Lapland, and have been here for 37 years.
I have a been reader of fiction since I was young. I have a strong imagination which scared and entertained me over the years. As a substitute teacher for many years, I began telling stories that I usually created on the spot to the students, or told one I had created before that went over well. It was something I could do easily and simply did it. About 10 years ago I expanded my audience into the adult world when I joined a storytelling group. Whenever the opportunity presents itself I will joyfully tell a story.
3. How do you feel Afterglow makes an impact on Bridgewater?
For two evenings Afterglow gives the residents and people in the surrounding areas the opportunity to learn more about art and its many varied forms; to meet the people who create because it’s an important part of who they are. It's a time to be entertained and be opened to things that they may have never experienced before; in person and often with direct interaction.
4. Why have you chosen to take part in this year's festival?
It’s a great way to share stories and awaken in people the ancient craft of storytelling. We are all story tellers.
5. What are you looking forward to most in this year's festival?
Being there and having the opportunity to share stories.
Interview and blog complied by Jordan Beck Crouse
Afterglow Art Festival
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